The ongoing violent conflict between the regime of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and the mixed-bag of rebel forces seeking his overthrow is having a negative impact throughout many Middle East nations, according to a statement released on Saturday by the chief of the Saudi Ideological Security Division (ISD).
The Saudi government's view of the radicalism among the Syrian rebels as a trigger to increasing al-Qaeda's activities within the Saudi Kingdom, and a return to the days when Osama bin Laden was calling the shots for the world's most infamous Muslim terrorist group. It didn't help that Osama was a Saudi himself as were other al-Qaeda fighters.
The chief of the ISD, Abdulrahman al-Hadlaq said that Saudi law enforcement and security forces are increasingly their attention to terror-group recruiters who use the Internet to lure more fighters for worldwide jihad, including novice terrorists willing to perpetrate attacks in the United States and European Union countries.
Hadlaq claims that between 1,000 and 2,000 of Saudi Arabia's citizens traveled to Syria to join the Islamist factions fighting both President Assad's modern military. The Saudi radicals also fight against the non-religious rebels, who wish to establish a democracy that's unfettered by Islamic repression.
The Hadlaq's ISD monitors Internet activity and reports to Saudi's police and security if monitors uncover Islamist militants speaking in favor of jihad.
It is imperative that Saudi Arabia fight a "war of ideology" online, Hadlaq told reporters. "If we don't do this, terrorists will come back and the terrorism issue will come back."
US government and other experts have reported that Islamic extremism is on the rise and that the spread of Islamic extremism is the preeminent threat facing the United States. In addition, various sources alleged that Saudi Arabia is one source that has supported and funded the spread of Islamic extremism, or Wahhabism, globally, according to an Examiner news story.
Wahhabism is a fundamentalist movement, named after Muhammad ibn Abd al Wahhab (1703-1792). It remains the dominant form of Islam in Saudi Arabia.